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ARCHIVE - 18 February 2013

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Business

Bulgaria Lost 360 000 Jobs since 2008, Industrial Association Estimates
Bankruptcy Trial for Troubled Bulgarian Arms Manufacturer Continues
Failed Bulgarian FinMin Was on Anti-Communist Mission
Czech Power Utilities Stocks Drop after Bulgarian Protests
Outgoing Bulgarian Finance Minister Thanks Colleagues for Cooperation
Bulgaria Prosecution Starts Probe of Energy Agency Ex Head
Power Utility CEZ Investigated by Czech Anti-Corruption Police
Bulgaria Energy Minister Rules Out Nationalization of Power Distributors

Politics

Bulgaria FM: EU Must Start Debate on Hezbollah
Bulgarian Far Rightists Burn EU Flag in Downtown Sofia
MEP: Bulgaria No Greek Accomplice in Blocking Macedonia's EU Bid
UK to Prevent Delays of Work Permits for Bulgarian, Romanian Students
Bulgarian Farmers to Receive EU Subsidies, Cancel Protests
Bulgaria Foreign Minister to Report Progress on Burgas Attack Probe in Brussels
Stunned Bulgarian Ruling Party Issues 'Guidelines' to Media
Bulgarian Opposition Urges Cabinet to Resign amid Protests
Bulgaria President Backs Protesters, Opposes Snap Elections
Bulgarian Grain Producers Get Subsidies after FinMin Sacking
Bulgaria Ruling Party Backs Govt, Anti-Govt Protests
Bulgarian FinMin Sacked for Delaying Grain Producers Pay
FinMin Djankov Is Borisov Cabinet's Scapegoat, Ex Bulgarian PM Deems
Bulgaria's Top Cop to Be Ousted Too - Report
Bulgarian PM Reshuffles Cabinet in Protests Wake
Bulgarian Finance Minister Djankov Resigns

Society

Police Clash with Protesters in Front of Bulgarian Parliament
Bulgarians Relaunch Electricity Protests
Bulgarian Holy Synod: All 3 Runners Worthy of Patriarch
Bulgarian Revenue Agency Probes Energy Watchdog Ex Boss
Bulgarians Rally in Vigil for Pirin National Park
Bulgarian Archaeologists Uncover Major Roman Thermae

Crime

Cyprus Court Clears Bulgarian Pilot on Plane Crash

Views on BG

Bulgaria Unmasked Hezbollah*
Electricity Bills Set Bulgaria on Fire

Quotes

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World

Sargsyan Re-Elected as Armenia's President - Exit Polls
Armenia Holds Presidential Elections

Novinite Insider

Something in Bulgaria Snapped, Election Campaign is On

Business

Bulgaria Lost 360 000 Jobs since 2008, Industrial Association Estimates

Bulgaria's economy has lost a total of 363 000 jobs since 2008, according to data of the Bulgarian Industrial Association, its chair Bozhidar Danev announced.

Business | February 18, 2013, Monday // 17:55

Bankruptcy Trial for Troubled Bulgarian Arms Manufacturer Continues

The Plovdiv District Court will hold a closed-doors sitting Monday on the bankruptcy trial for Bulgaria's ailing state-owned military plant VMZ Sopot.

Business | February 18, 2013, Monday // 08:57

Failed Bulgarian FinMin Was on Anti-Communist Mission

Sacked Bulgarian Vice-PM Simeon Djankov has described himself as an "accidental politician" and staunch anti-communist just days before resigning from cabinet Monday.

Business » Finance | February 18, 2013, Monday // 21:03

Czech Power Utilities Stocks Drop after Bulgarian Protests

Nation-wide protests in Bulgaria against high electricity bills have slumped the value of the shares of Czech-owned power utility CEZ.

Business » Finance | February 18, 2013, Monday // 16:53

Outgoing Bulgarian Finance Minister Thanks Colleagues for Cooperation

Simeon Djankov, who filed his resignation as Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria on Monday, has expressed readiness to continue helping the country any way he can in the future.

Business » Finance | February 18, 2013, Monday // 14:55

Bulgaria Prosecution Starts Probe of Energy Agency Ex Head

The prosecution in Bulgarian capital Sofia has launched proceedings against recently fired head of the national energy regulator agency Angel Semerdzhiev.

Business » Energy | February 18, 2013, Monday // 17:25

Power Utility CEZ Investigated by Czech Anti-Corruption Police

The Czech anti-corruption police are investigating 70% state-owned power company CEZ AS, which also owns the power utility with the same name in charge of electricity distribution in Western Bulgaria.

Business » Energy | February 18, 2013, Monday // 14:11

Bulgaria Energy Minister Rules Out Nationalization of Power Distributors

Bulgarian Economy and Energy Minister Delyan Dobrev has said that a nationalization of power distributors, which has been proposed to appease public discontent with high electricity bills, is out of the question.

Business » Energy | February 18, 2013, Monday // 10:45

Politics

Bulgaria FM: EU Must Start Debate on Hezbollah

Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikolay Mladenov has denied earlier reports that the country has called for an EU labeling Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

Politics » Defense | February 18, 2013, Monday // 14:55

Bulgarian Far Rightists Burn EU Flag in Downtown Sofia

Activists from the far-right coalition "No to the EU" have burned down the flag of the European Union before the building of the EC Representation in the Bulgarian capital.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 18, 2013, Monday // 17:00

MEP: Bulgaria No Greek Accomplice in Blocking Macedonia's EU Bid

Bulgaria is not an accomplice of Greece with respect to blocking Macedonia's EU integration, Bulgarian MEP from the ruling Bulgarian party GERB Andrey Kovatchev stated Monday.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 18, 2013, Monday // 15:56

UK to Prevent Delays of Work Permits for Bulgarian, Romanian Students

UK's Minister for Europe David Lidington has sent a letter to Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov to inform him about the measures taken by the authorities to ensure the prompt processing of work permit applications of Bulgarian and Romanian stude

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 18, 2013, Monday // 12:34

Bulgarian Farmers to Receive EU Subsidies, Cancel Protests

Bulgarian farmers are to receive EU subsidies per unit of area of nearly BGN 1 B and to cancel nationwide protests scheduled for February 20 over delayed payments.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 18, 2013, Monday // 11:44

Bulgaria Foreign Minister to Report Progress on Burgas Attack Probe in Brussels

Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov is to present results of the investigation of the Burgas bus bombing during the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday.

Politics » Bulgaria in EU | February 18, 2013, Monday // 09:45

Stunned Bulgarian Ruling Party Issues 'Guidelines' to Media

The press center of ruling Bulgarian party GERB has mistakenly mailed media outlets with guidelines for speaking about the ongoing political crisis in the country.

Politics » Domestic | February 18, 2013, Monday // 19:45

Bulgarian Opposition Urges Cabinet to Resign amid Protests

All of Bulgaria's opposition parties have requested a step down of PM Boyko Borisov's cabinet following huge protests and the resignation of Vice-PM and FinMin Simeon Djankov.

Politics » Domestic | February 18, 2013, Monday // 18:48

Bulgaria President Backs Protesters, Opposes Snap Elections

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has spoken up against early election and nationalization of power utilities in a special address Monday.

Politics » Domestic | February 18, 2013, Monday // 16:43

Bulgarian Grain Producers Get Subsidies after FinMin Sacking

Bulgaria's Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov, announced that nearly BGN 1 B will be wired by 3:30 pm Monday to the country's grain producers.

Politics » Domestic | February 18, 2013, Monday // 15:39

Bulgaria Ruling Party Backs Govt, Anti-Govt Protests

The parliamentary group of ruling Bulgarian GERB party has issued a statement of support for PM Boyko Borisov's cabinet, amid huge protests, which the party has also backed.

Politics » Domestic | February 18, 2013, Monday // 15:12

Bulgarian FinMin Sacked for Delaying Grain Producers Pay

The official grounds for the ousting of Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, is his decision to delay with up to two months the payment of subsidies to grain producers.

Politics » Domestic | February 18, 2013, Monday // 14:32

FinMin Djankov Is Borisov Cabinet's Scapegoat, Ex Bulgarian PM Deems

The resignation of Bulgaria's Deputy PM and Finance Minister Simeon Djankov on Monday is an attempt to use him as a scapegoat for the failures of the Borisov Cabinet, deems Ivan Kostov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria in 1997-2001 and leader of the rightist De

Politics » Domestic | February 18, 2013, Monday // 12:59

Bulgaria's Top Cop to Be Ousted Too - Report

The resignation of Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, is pending, according to unconfirmed reports.

Politics » Domestic | February 18, 2013, Monday // 12:51

Bulgarian PM Reshuffles Cabinet in Protests Wake

Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, is going to nominate Regional Minister, Lilyana Pavlova, as his new deputy.

Politics » Domestic | February 18, 2013, Monday // 11:51

Bulgarian Finance Minister Djankov Resigns

Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, has resigned from the post.

Politics » Domestic | February 18, 2013, Monday // 11:25

Society

Police Clash with Protesters in Front of Bulgarian Parliament

Thousands of Bulgarians have assembled in downtown Sofia for a second day Monday evening, with clashes erupting with police in front of Parliament.

Society | February 18, 2013, Monday // 19:09

Bulgarians Relaunch Electricity Protests

Thousands of citizens have filled the streets of major Bulgarian city of Varna Monday evening, just a day after tens of thousands walked in some 30 cities out to protest high electricity prices in the country.

Society | February 18, 2013, Monday // 18:21

Bulgarian Holy Synod: All 3 Runners Worthy of Patriarch

Bulgaria's embattled Holy Synod issued an official statement Monday declaring all three bishops, elected to run for becoming the next Patriarch of the country, worthy of the post.

Society | February 18, 2013, Monday // 17:49

Bulgarian Revenue Agency Probes Energy Watchdog Ex Boss

Bulgaria's National Revenue Agency, NRA, together with the Sofia City Prosecutor's Office is launching a probe in the assets of the former chief of the country's energy watchdog, Angel Semerdzhiev.

Society | February 18, 2013, Monday // 13:20

Bulgarians Rally in Vigil for Pirin National Park

Scores of Bulgarian citizens have gathered with candles in front of the Ministry of Environment in Sofia Monday evening to show their concern over possible development in the Pirin National Park.

Society » Environment | February 18, 2013, Monday // 20:37

Bulgarian Archaeologists Uncover Major Roman Thermae

A Bulgarian team of archaeologists have discovered well-preserved remains of a Roman bath in the ancient Bulgarian town of Sozopol.

Society » Archaeology | February 18, 2013, Monday // 16:12

Crime

Cyprus Court Clears Bulgarian Pilot on Plane Crash

The prosecuting authority in Nicosia has withdrawn charges against Bulgarian pilot Yanko Stoimenov in connection with a plane crash of Cypriot airline Helios.

Crime | February 18, 2013, Monday // 13:47

Views on BG

Bulgaria Unmasked Hezbollah*

Op-ed for the New York Times by Thomas E. Donilon, the national security adviser to US President Barack Obama.

Views on BG | February 18, 2013, Monday // 20:04

Electricity Bills Set Bulgaria on Fire

Tens of thousands of Bulgarians protested in more than 20 cities on Sunday (17 February) against high electricity bills and called for Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and his centre-right government to resign.

Views on BG | February 18, 2013, Monday // 11:07

Quotes

Today's Quote

"If Finance Minister Simeon Djankov is to leave, the Cabinet will perish.

Quotes | February 18, 2013, Monday // 16:11

World

Sargsyan Re-Elected as Armenia's President - Exit Polls

Serzh Sargsyan has been elected for a second 5-year term in office as Armenia's President, according to exit polls after election day Monday.

World | February 18, 2013, Monday // 18:28

Armenia Holds Presidential Elections

Armenia is voting Monday for a new president.

World | February 18, 2013, Monday // 08:19

Novinite Insider

Something in Bulgaria Snapped, Election Campaign is On

"Polenta doesn't explode" is the gnomic phrase people in this part of Europe use to describe their attitude of resigned acceptance.

Novinite Insider » Opinions | February 18, 2013, Monday // 09:00
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